Archive for May, 2007

flight of the conchords

Following from the previous entry concerning the future and putting it in perspective, I found this clip from flight of conchords, a folk/parody duo …

the smell of freshly cut grass

Today on msn I had a conversation with a friend about the future. Is there anyone that isn’t worried about it in some sort of way?

I suppose these could be the symptoms of our generation in particular, the 20-30 somethings, graduated, searching for love, or wondering what love is, disparate young professionals and on the cusp of beginning a career, or contemplating a new career.

Somehow, this feeling today is also heightened by globalisation, changing markets and increased mobility of people.

Although we are dislocated and alienated when we uproot ourselves from our home settings, our ability to combat our disparity through the internet has improved vastly; friendship databases, internet dating, skype, blogging – This help us to feel connected and re-connected in new and un-familar surroundings.

In a manner of speaking, ‘the world is your oyster’. Yet we still worry about the future more than ever, and is this because we are more in control of it or want to control it?

Perhaps its all not so bad, relatively speaking, according to Brian Holtz who sites some of the catastrophies that humans fear, in excerpts from Human Knowledge: Foundations and Limits; Humans don’t really face extinction even in the case of nuclear war, and it is unlikely that extraterrestrial intellegance will ever find Earth an attractive place to colonise.

Perhaps we should all lie back and think of the smell of freshly cut grass instead….

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The grass at Islands Brygge, Copenhagen

Distortion festival

The end of May (which so happens to be this week, oh my gosh how time flies!) is marked by the Distortion Festival in Copenhagen.

This annual five day event celebrates Copenhagen’s fashion, music, art, food, design and architecture and nightlife throughout the city at a number of locations.

That was the boring version….this is what the home page is saying:

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My name is Distortion 2007. I am 9 years old. I am the festival where Copenhagen’s party animals, freedom fighters, goofy breakers, boomboom babes, arty posers, ghetto dancers, photo shooters, smelly flashers …meet every year and go ballistic. You don’t have to be rich, don’t have to be cool– just get up and do your thing. It’s happening inside you, in circus tents, in boats, cathedrals, shawarma bars and spanky basslines. Copenhagen is a fristad! Stop crying, baby, you are hot. Time to get personal.

Hmmm ……Copenhagen City is calling!

 

Unwanted paper

There was a huge pile of junk mail covering my doorstep in Copenhagen this evening. Despite the enjoyment I get from flicking through this glossy mess every other morning, I think its time to put a ‘no junk mail’ sign out there. Unwanted from now on. It really seems pointless to produce so much of it, for such a short and limited use. Its time this kind of advertising was phased out and replaced by a more environmentally friendly one. Any Ideas?

Christobel, Joan as police woman

Here is a clip from Joan as Police woman demonstrating Joan Wasser’s lovely, smoky, sexy, funky singing

Blankets, a graphic Novel

Blankets by Craig Thompson was my first introduction to graphic novels thanks to a former work collegue who is an avid follower of this medium, and advised me on what to read.

I had expected something like a comic strip, some light-hearted entertainment and perhaps some satirical twists. However I was wrong. Instead, Blankets is a captivating and heart-renching tale that draws on experiences and emotions that we can all relate to. Blankets is inspired by Thompson’s rural Wisconsin childhood in a fundermentalist Christian family, his first love, and his early adulthood.”I wanted to tell a long, breathable story about an emotional experience and I wanted that experience to be what it’s like to sleep next to someone for the first time,” Thompson says.

Perhaps the realism was too much for some; In October 2006, a resident of Marshall, Missouri attempted to have Blankets removed from the city’s public library in view that it was unappropriate for children and could be percieved as ‘pornography’.

Graphic novels distingish themselves from comics (which are usually collections of short unrelated stories) with a stand alone plot that usually focuses on one or more, related themes. And they often lend themselves to adult audiences.

However what struck me the most about Blankets, was the extend to which pictures could tell the story. 592 pages is a lengthy read, however the words and illustrations flow easily and are perfectly balanced to captivate the reader. Thompson uses perspective and intricate weaving patterns to draw attention to the inner thoughts of his characters. Rather than repeating a standard six or eight panel format, Thompson skillfully varies his compositions in shape and size, and often oversteps the borders of the panel. Each page is a surprise and is capitivating to look at. His illustrations seem to centre around the emotion he is trying to convey at that time and he relies on pictoral means to emphasis the most poinient moments. ‘A picture can tell a thousand words’.

Graphic novels are as disparate from books as is a play or a movie. It’s a different experience entirely. Pictures carry another kind of information than words. What is most exciting is that a picture language and a word language can interweave, which can’t be done by either one alone.”
–Will Eisner

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Modest Mouse in Vega

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The American Indie-Rock band Modest Mouse is due to play at Vega in Copenhagen next month. If you have heard the tracks ‘dashboard‘, ‘fire it up‘ and ‘missed the boat‘ from their recent album ‘We were dead Before the Ship even Sank’, they probably caught your attention. Its the kind of music you listen to because it feels right.

In 2006 the guitarist Johnny Marr (from ‘The Smiths‘) joined the band co-writing songs with Issac Brock and is likely to tour with them. The American review magazine ‘Blender’ announced that they were the ’25th reason to love 2007′ in light of their most recent album. Have a listen to them on myspace and if you are sold by them, buy your tickets before they are all snapped up!